Craft & Design Awards 2015

Awards Ceremony

Monday, 30 November, 2015

The RTS has announced the winners of this year's Craft & Design Awards.


The Craft and Design Awards 2015 were presented by Susan Calman at the Hilton Park Lane, London on November 30.



Costume Design - Drama: Amy Roberts

Title: Cilla
Production Company: Group M Entertainment/ITV Studios
Broadcaster: ITV
Daiva Petrulyè - The Eichmann Show
Marianne Agertoft - Poldark

“In the jury's view, rather than just create a narrow representation of a particular year, the imaginative approach to the costumes created a vibrant and engaging portrayal of an entire post war period and very effectively supported the growth and development of the central character.”

Costume Design - Entertainment & Non Drama Productions: Vicky Gill

Title: Strictly Come Dancing
Production Company: BBC Productions
Broadcaster: BBC One
Heather MacVean - The Keith Lemon Sketch Show
Sarah Ryan - Raised By Wolves - Series 1

“Crucial in helping the various celebrities develop as both dancers and performers, the jury recognised the enormous difficulties and technical achievement of the costume design and its role in creating the essence of the show itself.”

Director - Fiction: Julian Farino

Title: Marvellous
Production Company: Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect
Broadcaster: BBC Two
Alice Troughton - Cucumber
Paul Andrew Williams - The Eichmann Show

“The director brought both fictional and real versions of the same character to our screens as if it was the most natural thing in the world. A bitter sweet, but ultimately heart-warming story where the characters and overarching human positivity were the stars of the show. The piece was grounded yet inspirational, a joy to judge.”

Director - Non-Fiction: Colette Camden

Title: What Do Artists Do All Day? Sue Webster
Production Company: BBC Arts
Broadcaster: BBC Four
Edward Watts - Escape From ISIS
Dan Edge - Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola

“Beautifully shot and constructed as well as a great example of wonderful storytelling.”

Design - Programme Content Sequences: Richard Gort, Julian Gibbs, Jon Gout & Craig Herd

Title: Sports Personality of the Year 2014 - Lewis Hamilton Contender Film
Production Company: BBC Sport/Intro/Karma
Broadcaster: BBC One
John Durrant, Paul Greer, Steve Burrell & Hugh Cowling - War of Words
Grant Hewett, Howard Jones, Ste Dalton & Joe Thornley-Head - Doctor Who - Series 8 'Flatline'

“For sheer attention to detail and beauty this sequence stood out, jurors called it 'amazing'.”

Design - Titles: Momoco

Title: Humans
Production Company: Kudos
Broadcaster: Channel 4/AMC
Momoco, Nic Benns, Miki Kato, Andrea Braga & Peter Tomaszeqicz - Fortitude
Peter Anderson Studios - Agatha Christies Partners In Crime

“The storytelling set up the proposition in a creative and compelling manner, using genuine cultural references to take us seamlessly into the near future.”

Design - Trails & Packaging: 4Creative and ManvsMachine

Title: Film4 Idents
Production Company: 4Creative/Man Vs Machine
Broadcaster: Film4
4Creative - Humans
4Creative - Grand National 2015

“The jury agreed these were very creative trails which captured and provoked the imagination.”

Editing - Drama: Paul Pandolpho

Title: Cucumber
Production Company: Red Production Company
Broadcaster: Channel 4
David Blackmore - Wolf Hall
Elen Pierce Lewis - Marvellous

“The editing quite clearly was one of the stars of an incredibly brave piece of television. Outstanding visceral storytelling where the skill of the editor was key.”

Editing - Documentary & Factual: Todd Downing

Title: Welcome To Mayfair
Production Company: CTVC
Broadcaster: BBC Two
Stuart Napier & Imogen Pollard - Pets - Wild At Heart
Rupert Houseman - The Detectives

“Impressive editing and storytelling, allowed viewers to get to know the characters without being told what to think about them. A thoughtful and unrushed pace.”

Editing - Entertainment & Situation Comedy: Robin Hill

Title: W1A
Production Company: BBC Comedy Productions London
Broadcaster: BBC Two
William Webb & Pete Drinkwater - Raised By Wolves - Series 1
Mark Henson & Steven Ackroyd - Cockroaches - Series 1

“The jury all agreed that this programme is very well edited. The jokes land well, and also strong emotional moments appear effortless. The editor gives us a consistent, very enjoyable tone.”

Editing - Sport: Editing Team

Title: BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014
Production Company: BBC Sport
Broadcaster: BBC One
Tim Boyd & Robin Nurse - F1 2014 End of Season Closing Montage
BBC Production Team and The Farm North Production - FA Cup Final

“The levels of craft and skill on show were exceptional with perfectly judged edits and original sound design. The result was a set of visually stunning films with clever storytelling at their heart. Some of the ideas were brave but accomplished editing and production realised lofty ambitions.”

Effects - Digital: Screen Scene VFX, Ed Bruce, Alan Collins & Nicholas Murphy

Title: Ripper Street - Whitechapel Terminus
Production Company: Tiger Aspect Films for Amazon Prime
Broadcaster: BBC One
Tanvir Hanif & Paul Senior - Cilla
Milk VFX - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

“The jury commended this show for its detailed, intricate and complex digital recreation, which successfully complimented the action and drama of the sequence.”

Effects - Special: Pauline Fowler, Nik Williams, Samantha Ives & Mary Hanrahan (Animated Extras International)

Title: Fortitude
Production Company: Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect
Broadcaster: Sky1
Millennium FX - Critical - Series 1
Steve Griffin, Dave Arrowsmith & Marek Ruth - The Musketeers (Ravine Tunnel Sequence)

“The jury loved this show, not only for the quality of its special effects, but also for their execution, skill and variety. The show relied, at key moments, on its technicians to deliver a believable and impactful story, which they did with great aplomb.”

Lighting for Multicamera: Chris Rigby

Title: Later With Jools Holland - Series 45, Episode 6
Production Company: BBC Productions
Broadcaster: BBC Two
Lighting Team - Coronation Street: Victoria Court Fire
Bernie Davis - VE Day 70: The Nation Remembers

“Outstanding work which skilfully produced a stimulating viewer experience.”

Make Up Design - Drama: Jacqueline Fowler

Title: Poldark
Production Company: Mammoth Screen
Broadcaster: BBC One
Natalie Pateman, Tina Brown, Jessica Wenden & Liz Philips - Critical - Series 1
Lesley Brennan - The C-Word

“Rugged, real and capturing the energy and vibrancy of the piece, the extraordinary attention to detail contributed hugely to the success of the entire production.”

Make Up Design - Entertainment & Non Drama Productions: Vanessa White & Neill Gorton

Title: Nurse
Production Company: BBC Comedy/Down The Line Productions
Broadcaster: BBC Two
Emma Leon & Reza Karim - The Keith Lemon Sketch Show
Lisa Armstrong & Neale Pirie - Strictly Come Dancing

“Balancing the comedy elements against the poignancy of the characterisation, the jury was impressed by the high level of creativity and technical achievement.”

Music - Original Score: Samuel Sim

Title: Home Fires
Production Company: ITV Studios
Broadcaster: ITV
Will Gregory - Pets - Wild At Heart
Kevin Sargent - Mapp and Lucia

“The winning composer integrates the voices at the heart of the World War II series’ theme into an evocative and always human underscore.”

Music - Original Title: Samuel Sim

Title: Home Fires
Production Company: ITV Studios/Masterpiece
Broadcaster: ITV
Vince Pope - No Offence
Tim Phillips - Agatha Christies Partners In Crime

“The winner has found a fresh and supremely effective perspective on familiar territory by literally giving voice to the women in this World War II drama.”

Multicamera work: Tom Parr, James Abadi & Camera Team

Title: Release The Hounds - Series 1
Production Company: Gogglebox Entertainment
Broadcaster: ITV2
Camera Team - VJ Day 70: The Nation Remembers
Chris Howe - Alan Carr Chatty Man - Series 13/14

“The mood was set skilfully to create a truly exhilarating viewer experience.”

Multicamera Work - Sport: Simon Wheeler

Title: Indian Premier League
Production Company: IMG Productions
Broadcaster: Sky Sports
Paul Davies & Matthew Griffiths - Six Nations 2015: The Final Day

“Outstanding initiative in harsh conditions, produced a slick and exciting viewer experience.”

Production Design - Drama: David Roger

Title: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Production Company: Cuba Pictures/Feel Films
Broadcaster: BBC One
Lisa Hall - Cilla
Helen Scott - The Last Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Production Design - Entertainment & Non Drama Productions: Lucy Fyfe

Title: The Keith Lemon Sketch Show
Production Company: Talkback, part of FremantleMediaUK
Broadcaster: ITV2
Dominic Clasby & Stephen Bryce - Back in Time for Dinner
Brian Sykes - Nurse

“The design triumphantly achieved a very large number of varied and often uncannily accurate looks that helped the comedy create its sparky and off-beat parodies.”

Picture Enhancement: Dan Coles

Title: The Eichmann Show
Production Company: Feelgood Fiction
Broadcaster: BBC Two
Aidan Farrell - Indian Summers
Aidan Farrell - Remember Me

“The jury thought that the picture enhancement was outstanding, implemented with great skill and sensitivity complimenting the mood and atmosphere of this powerful docudrama.”

Photography - Drama: Mike Eley

Title: The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies
Production Company: Carnival Film & Television
Broadcaster: ITV
Gavin Finney - Wolf Hall
Simon Dennis - Peaky Blinders - Series 2

“The jury felt the photography emotionally reflected the journey of the central character. We were inside his head thanks to the outstanding camerawork, adding another engrossing layer to this moving and powerful story.”

Photography - Documentary/Factual & Non Drama: Brendan McGinty

Title: Secret Life of Twins
Production Company: Oxford Scientific Films
Broadcaster: ITV
Camera Team - Pets - Wild At Heart
James Newton - The Detectives

“Intimate, innovative - extraordinary. The jury was impressed by the relationship throughout between the photography and the story - not the triumph of style over content, but a case of the photography enhancing the audience’s understanding.”

Sound - Drama: Sound Team

Title: Fortitude
Production Company: Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect
Broadcaster: Sky1
Sound Team - Wolf Hall
Jim Goddard, Stuart Hilliker, Dan Green & Alastair Widgery - Black Mirror: White Christmas

“The judges felt this drama quite simply achieved ‘movie sound’ on television. The soundscape created a world that the viewer utterly believed in but never felt as if it took over from the drama in any way. It was well judged to enhance the scale and impact of the drama itself.”

Sound - Entertainment & Non Drama Productions: Kate Hopkins, Tim Owens, Will Slater & Graham Wild

Title: Shark
Production Company: BBC Natural History Unit
Broadcaster: BBC One
Mike Hatch, Matt Skilton & Tony Burke - LA Traviata: Love, Death and Divas
Nick Fry, David Runciman & Oscar Bloomfield-Crowe - The 7/7 Bombing Survivors' Stories

“Quite simply this piece was considered stunning. With a level of detail that was awe inspiring. What was additionally brilliant was that the resulting soundscape was never relentless, even when it was slightly heightened it was perfectly judged.”

Design & Craft Innovation

Pets – Wild At Heart Production Team, John Downer Productions for BBC One

“This year the judges have awarded the RTS Design & Craft Innovation Award to a series on pets that was anything but domestic in terms of its visual flair and technical wizardry.

We witnessed how our favourite pets stay in touch with their wild side – from talkative budgies and marathon-running hamsters to wall-climbing cats and an island where rabbits rule – this was an eye-popping series filled with innovative photography and scientific revelation.

The animals were shot on a huge variety of different camera systems – including high speed, infrared, ultraviolet, fluoroscopy, remote and on board cameras, periscope and underwater filming and even Schlieren photography. For the Schlieren sequences the camera systems were built from scratch using an astronomical optical mirror and precision interrupted light sources . Although this technique dates back 150 years it is rarely used today because of its complexity – and as well as being able to show the air currents around a budgie's wings it also uniquely demonstrated the complex counter flow of air as it enters a dogs nose. And for the hamster xray sequence – fluoroscopy had to be combined with conventional photography of the same scene to allow fascinating access to a hamster as it filled its cheeks with nuts.

Despite such varied ways of gathering images, each one had to complement the other to retain consistency across the series and all the astonishing images were captured in-camera rather than created by CG.

The exhilarating photography was complemented with editing that seamlessly integrated each engaging animal narrative with revelatory science – and the music avoided suggesting the standard cute and cuddly to both promote comedy and celebrate the geographical location of the animals involved.

The breadth of different production techniques lent an epic lens to the ordinary and the familiar and the production team pushed boundaries to create revelatory images that have never been seen before.” 

Judges’ Award

Wolf Hall Production Team, Company Pictures/Playground Entertainment for BBC Two

This year's winner of the Judges Award has mesmerised viewers with a potent combination of powerful onscreen performances, masterful direction, finely rendered photography, music, digital effects, and exquisite sound, make-up, costume and production design.

Chronicling the life of Thomas Cromwell and based on the books by Hilary Mantel, the winning drama adopted a bold production stance by filming solely in authentic period locations, using a largely handheld camera, often capturing performance in one long continuous take and famously creating shimmering and atmospheric night scenes by using natural light from beeswax candles.  As the narrative tension took hold we witnessed a progression of contrast and more powerful camera angles as Cromwell himself becomes increasingly dangerous to those around him.

The sophisticated soundscape moved seamlessly between objective and subjective states to enhance the sense of Cromwell's very personal response to well documented historical events. Skilled editing supported the highly complex narrative timelines and the raw vibrant musical score underlined the moral ambiguity that is at the heart of the original novel. Subtle use of digital effects was employed in every location to seamlessly remove every vestige of modern life and finely researched make-up and costume design added authentic period detail to every frame of the series.

Director Peter Kosminsky and DOP Gavin Finny embraced the darkness of the times and with unerring confidence slowly unfurled this captivating political intrigue in a series of beautiful and bejewelled scenes reminiscent of Vermeer and Rembrandt.

In the true spirit of the Craft & Design Awards the attention to detail in every aspect of production was immaculate and the jury felt this drama was highly creative, distinctive and a demonstration of expert craft skills across all production disciplines.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dennis De Groot

“It is always a pleasure to present an award to an industry practitioner who has excelled in a particular field and this years’ winner is no exception.

His production credits stretch back over 36 years when he started work in the model and optical effects departments on classic comedy films The Life of Brian and Time Bandits.  He was evidently badly bitten by the comedy bug as he then proceeded to quickly establish himself as the go to Production Designer on many of TV's most successful and revered sitcoms, entertainment shows and comedy dramas .

From Alan Partridge, through French and Saunders, Black Books,  Jam, Little Britain,  That Mitchell and Webb Look, A Young Doctors Notebook, The IT crowd and Bad Education –  to name just a few titles in his extraordinary canon of work – our winner has demonstrated his knack of complementing demanding and complex sitcoms and sketch shows with inspired and inventive sets and witty design solutions – and it is no surprise that he is sought after time and time again by the best writers, producers and performers in the comedy fraternity.

Nira Park worked with him on Black Books and says:  ‘he has a profound understanding of comedy. He is able to get inside the heads of the writers and directors he works with and help them pull off set pieces that many others might say are not possible. HIs imagination and creativity are inspiring.’

Gareth Edwards – Producer of Mitchell and Webb agrees: ‘he is meticulous in his planning, reliable and calm under pressure and is always a pleasure to work with.  I deeply admire his mastery of and love for his craft.’ Graham Linehan says: ‘he does wonders with sometimes very little, infinitely flexible even when I'm being completely unreasonable, meets every idea with a new one. And of course, a gentleman and a pleasure to work with.’

He constantly dreams original and fresh ideas for the most demanding of genres. His creative flair and unerring eye for detail have offered up the most fabulous and evocative habitats for our most talented comedy performers to shine on for over three decades.”